November 13, 2019 – New York, NY – Young Audiences Arts for Learning, the leading provider of arts-in-education programs and services in the United States, announces the addition of two new members to its National Board of Directors. The newly elected trustees, Marguerite “Rite” Moisio and Robert Sprung, join the esteemed business, educational, artistic, and philanthropic leaders who sit on the National Board of Young Audiences Arts for Learning.
“We are fortunate to welcome Rite and Robert to our National Board of Directors,” said David A. Dik, National Executive Director of Young Audiences Arts for Learning. “Along with a clear passion for our mission, they each bring diverse expertise, talents, and regional perspectives, making them tremendous assets to Young Audiences Arts for Learning and our network as a whole.”
Marguerite "Rite" Moisio joins the National Board having served for eight years on the Board of Young Audiences of Louisiana (YALA), Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s New Orleans affiliate. She became President of YALA’s Board in 2014 and is currently serving her third term in that role. Rite has long been passionate about the arts, with a particular interest in performing arts, dating back to her involvement in theater in grade school and high school. After moving to New Orleans and learning about YALA, she felt it would allow her to focus her community involvement in two areas of interest, both the arts and education.
Rite brings financial services expertise in private wealth management as well as marketing and consultant relations. After graduating from Middlebury College with a BA in History, Rite earned an MBA from NYU and worked in financial services in New York City for 11 years. In 2013, she joined Hancock Whitney in New Orleans as Vice President of Private Banking. Her passion for helping individuals plan for their successful financial futures and subsequent generations drew her to this role, in which she provides specialized wealth management solutions to help private clients address their financial needs.
Rite’s philanthropic work extends to several community organizations in greater New Orleans. She is a member of the Board of Project Lazarus, a member of the Women's Professional Council, and a member of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (Class of 2015).
Robert Sprung comes to Young Audiences Arts for Learning with a background in entrepreneurship, marketing, branding, and cross-cultural communications, combined with a lifelong passion for the performing arts. A graduate of Harvard College and the University of Cambridge (UK) as a George C. Marshall Scholar, he has spent his career founding and managing global communications companies. His most recent firm was acquired by McCann Worldgroup, parent of McCann Erickson advertising, where he is currently a managing director. Robert has lived and worked abroad, with extended stints in London, Paris, Milan, Munich, and Tokyo. He speaks German, French, and Japanese.
Robert’s interest in music began early, in his native Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he played clarinet in local polka and dance bands through high school, continuing with orchestral playing at university. It was in Scranton that he first heard a live orchestra, through a program that introduced students at the local public grade school to the Scranton Philharmonic (conducted by Beatrice Brown, one of the pioneering woman conductors). The excitement and awe of his classmates at the galloping strains of the William Tell Overture remain etched in his memory.
It was also in Scranton that he was mesmerized (not too strong a word) by National Board Member Richard Stoltzman’s recording of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet. In a twist of fate that could only happen in New York, Robert had the good fortune years later of meeting and befriending his childhood idol, which also led to learning about Young Audiences Arts for Learning. Robert looks forward to helping bring this great organization into its next exciting era of growth and success.
Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s 2019 Board of Directors:
- Chairman: Nathan W. Pearson, Jr.; Management Consultant
- Chairman Emeritus: Corinne P. Greenberg; Patron
- President: James H. Gellert; Chairman & CEO, Rapid Ratings
- Vice Chairman: John W. Creamer; Patron
- Vice Chairman: Mary Ann Fribourg; Patron
- Vice President: Thomas R. Berner; Partner, Berner & Berner & John Lang
- Vice President: Sue Ann Weinberg; Patron
- Treasurer: William Cox; Managing Director Public Finance, KBRA
- Secretary: L. Jan Robertson; Chief Executive Officer, Norris Beggs & Simpson
- Amy Baskin; Executive Director, Young Audiences of Northeast Texas
- James G. Benedict; Principal, Kidd & Company
- Kevin J. Bradicich; (retired) Partner, McKinsey & Co.
- Kevin P. Chavous; President, Academics, Policy & Schools, K-12 Inc.
- Bettie Minette Cooper; Patron
- Dale M. Frehse; Patron
- L. Scott Greenberg; Executive Vice President, C.V. Starr & Co., Inc.
- Marilyn W. Grounds; Patron
- Jean C. Hodges; Patron
- Marjorie Hyman; (retired) Douglas, Elliman, Gibbons & Ives
- Gretchen B. Kimball; Patron
- Daphne Kis; CEO, Worldquant University
- Peter S. Kraus; Chairman & CEO, Aperture Investors
- Yo-Yo Ma; Cellist
- Wynton Marsalis; Jazz Musician, Wynton Marsalis Enterprises
- Va Maughan; Patron
- Marguerite Moisio; Private Banker, Hancock Whitney
- Mary P. Nass; Patron
- Estelle Sosland; Patron
- Robert Sprung; Managing Director, CRAFT (McCann Worldgroup)
- Richard Stoltzman; Clarinetist
- H. Guyon Townsend III; President, Townsend Communications LLC
- Prakash Vanguri; Assistant Vice President & Head of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Healthfirst
- Diane K.R. Volk; Patron
About Young Audiences Arts for Learning
Founded in 1952, Young Audiences Arts for Learning is the nation’s largest art-in-education network, serving more than 5 million young people each year. Young Audiences works to support its diverse network of affiliated organizations that are each dedicated to playing a decisive role in young people’s personal, artistic, and educational development. Learn more about Young Audiences and its mission to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts at www.youngaudiences.org.